Cork charity shops appeal for unwanted gifts

January 2nd, 2015 12:06 PM

By Southern Star Team

Oxfam’s Mary Quinn sorts through donations of unwanted Christmas gifts.

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A NEW survey from Oxfam Ireland shows that more than eight out of 10 (81%) people in Munster have received an unwanted Christmas present on Christmas morning, with beauty products or toiletries (55%), clothes (54%) and books (33%) top of the list.

Other unpopular presents included homewares (27%), jewellery (25%) and gadgets (24%). The findings were part of a nationwide survey which also found that 85% of Irish adults would consider donating their unwanted Christmas gifts to a charity shop, with females (88%) more open to donating than men (82%).

Oxfam Ireland’s shops in Cork are appealing to this generosity in Irish people and are calling for donations of unwanted Christmas gifts which could help raise vital funds for the charity’s life-saving work worldwide in 2015.

The Oxfam store on Cook Street and Oxfam Books on French Church Street are in critical need of donations to raise funds for Oxfam’s programmes, including the ongoing emergency response in Syria and South Sudan.

Oxfam Ireland’s head of retail, Michael McIlwaine, said: ‘No matter how small the donation, every little helps. It takes just a moment to bag an unwanted gift, but it could change a life forever.

‘Our shops want the things you don’t and welcome donations of the entire top five unwanted Christmas presents: clothes, beauty products, books, gadgets and jewellery, as well as bags and accessories, CDs, DVDs, homewares, soft furnishings, furniture and even wedding dresses.

‘So think twice before binning that unwanted present or shoving it to the back of the wardrobe. We are calling on people to support their local Oxfam by dropping in those less than perfect presents and other unwanted items.

‘The vital funds your gifts will raise mean we can continue our life-saving work, from emergency response in places like Syria and South Sudan and long-term projects that lift people out of poverty to campaigning that gives a voice to the vulnerable’.

By donating unwanted gifts and other items to your local Oxfam, here’s how you’ll be helping to change lives:

  • The sale of that ‘too-big’ top for €8 could help purify around 2,000 litres of water, making it safe to drink for South Sudanese families living in makeshift camps
  • The sale of an unopened cosmetics set sold for €15 could give a family in the Democratic Republic of Congo an eco-friendly efficient stove, designed to be hotter than traditional cooking methods while using only half the wood
  • That gift of a necklace that just isn’t to your taste sold for €30 could feed a child orphaned by AIDS in Malawi for three and a half months

To find your nearest Oxfam shop, visit

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